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Arsenal targeting Manchester City wonderkid 0

Posted on July 12, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Mirror, Arsenal have entered the race to sign Manchester City attacking-midfielder Jadon Sancho. The 17-year-old has attracted the interest of a host of clubs this summer and is yet to commit his future to the Sky Blues. Tottenham are believed to have had an approach rebuffed for the coveted youngster.

Sancho, who is being monitored by Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, was a standout performer at the U17 European Championships in May, winning the Golden Player award – previously won by Toni Kroos, Wayne Rooney and Cesc Fabregas.

Arsenal face competition from Tottenham for Nice’s Seri 0

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are looking to steal OGC Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri from under the nose of fierce rivals Arsenal this summer. The 25-year-old has attracted interest from AS Roma and Barcelona, but Tottenham are believed to be pursuing the Ivorian heavily and may have edged themselves in front of Arsenal in the race to sign him.

Nice are holding out for £35m, the player’s release clause, and rejected a £20m bid from Roma recently. Seri has enjoyed a standout season at the Allianz Riviera, scoring and creating 16 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games while making 74 chances and boasting 37 successful dribbles (84%). He looks set for a departure this summer as a result but he’s still undecided about a destination.

Xhaka underwhelming and a liability in the Arsenal midfield 0

Posted on May 01, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka was one of many players who under-performed in Sunday’s North London derby defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, but his showing has been symptomatic of the Gunners’ problems this season and why they have been so easy to beat in 2017.

The former Borussia Monchengladbach man made just one tackle and interception in his 64 minutes on the pitch before being brought off for Danny Welbeck, losing the ball in his challenge. He was also beaten twice by his opposition in the game and made the joint-most fouls in the side.

Why didn’t Arsenal sign Wanyama before Tottenham this summer? 0

Posted on April 29, 2017 by Crippy Cooke

Sunday’s North London derby will pit Arsenal against a formidable Tottenham Hotspur midfield – Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama. However, the latter could have been an Arsenal player this season for as little as £12M had the Gunners pursued him. Instead, Arsene Wenger spent three times the price on former Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka – a move heavily criticised. So why did Arsenal overlook Wanyama?

Returning Theo Walcott to inject more pace into the Arsenal attack 0

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott is expected to return to the frontline ahead of this weekend’s Premier League clash at the Emirates Stadium, having recently recovered from a hamstring strain. He’s trained with the rest of the Arsenal squad this week and will be itching to pick up where he left off last month.

The 27-year-old missed Arsenal’s 2-0 win against Reading in the EFL Cup on October 25, Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Sunderland in the Premier League and Tuesday’s 3-2 comeback victory over PFC Ludogorets Razgrad in the Champions League. His absence has been missed as the Gunners notably suffered from a lack of pace in attack in midweek.

Monreal could return in time for Sunday’s meeting with Tottenham 0

Posted on November 04, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal dropped a hint on social media that he could be in the frame to return for Sunday’s North London derby with bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

The Spanish left-back has been out of action for a week with a quadriceps strain, missing Saturday’s 4-1 win over Sunderland and Tuesday’s last-gasp victory against PFC Ludogorets Razgard, but may be back to feature against Spurs, according to his Instagram account, messaging: “Good feeling training today !! Looking forward the derby.”

Could Aaron Ramsey start on Sunday? 0

Posted on November 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey started in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over PFC Ludogorets in the Champions League, but ahead of Sunday’s North London derby with Tottenham, supporters have called for the Arsenal manager to use the Welshman sparingly as he full recovers from injury, rather than playing him in a makeshift role which upsets the balance of the team.

Ramsey operated on the right wing in the midweek Champions League clash but many feel Arsenal should stick with pace in the wide areas in Sunday’s Premier League outing as Ramsey is far from match fit. The 25-year-old provides industry and midfield and a creative touch, but he’s not capable of beaten men and putting balls in from the byline, nor is he likely to last the full 90 minutes if he did start.

Bellerin should return for the North London derby 1

Posted on November 03, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident defender Hector Bellerin will feature in Sunday’s North London derby with fierce rivals Tottenham Hotspur despite his absence in the midweek Champions League group game. The Spanish right-back had been suffering with a knock, but Wenger revealed Bellerin was only left out of Tuesday night’s win over Ludogorets as a precaution.

“Hector has a test. I left him behind (in the Champions League) because I was cautious with him. We could have basically forced the issue, he could have played maybe in Bulgaria but he should be alright (for Sunday),” he said. Carl Jenkinson replaced the former Barcelona man at right-back but is likely to be on the bench this weekend. Arsenal have a real chance of getting one over Tottenham given the contrast in form, and Bellerin’s influence will be key.

Arsenal could go second in the Premier League with a win on Saturday 0

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal could end the weekend occupying the runners-up spot in the Premier League table if they can win against Chelsea on Saturday evening. The Gunners would also need a helping hand from Middlesbrough, who face third-placed Tottenham Hotspur, and Bournemouth, who face current runners-up Everton, but the chance to bear down on leaders Manchester City this early into the season will delight manager Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal 9/4 to finish in the top-two of the Premier League 0

Posted on May 09, 2016 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal gained a point on runners-up Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League with a draw against Manchester City, and the Gunners still have a chance to catch Spurs in second-place going into the final game next weekend.

Tottenham travel to face a relegation-threatened Newcastle side who could still have survival to fight for, while Arsenal have what should be a straight-forward clash at home to already-relegated Aston Villa. With how impressive Newcastle have been in their own backyard, while Spurs have failed to win their last three, an upset may well be on the cards.

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